Summer Tour 2021

I can’t believe I’m announcing a tour!!!

TOUR STOPS:

– Reno CA, House Concert: (Live Streaming on FB) ————–  6/6/21  
– Live Stream from UT Salt Flats: FB  7pm ——————– 6/7/21
– Bedrock, CO: (venue TBA)——————————– 6/8/21       -Gunnison, CO: Western Colorado University’s Kuigley Band Shell– 6/10/21
– Moab, UT: Blu Pig BBQ 7pm-10pm————————-     6/11/21

I. Am. Stoked. Scott and I are having so much fun with jamming and singing together that we decided to take the show on the road. We are piling our tiny PA and our wee song family into the van and driving out East to Paradox Colorado.

We will do a few live streams in front of a live audience and spend some time out on the Salt Flats and the high desert.

If you’d like to grab yourself a copy of one of our posters (skillfully crafted by AJ Leighton Design), head on over to my Patreon page and consider becoming a patron! There are a number of tiers to suit a variety of budgets and this poster is a perk on each one of them.

Otherwise, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what shenanigans we get up to out on the road!

Hope to see you out in the world very soon!

<3 EmZis

OMG. A “LIVE” Show with Another Songwriter!

March 26th, Elaine Ryan and I will be trading 10-minute sets for a couple of hours. We will have sound techs, lighting, ambiance…. ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE LIVE MUSIC POP.

Follow The Complex SF on Facebook and find them at twitch.tv/TheComplexSF. They have good local music produced VERY well.

Tune in at 7pm on March 26th and celebrate with us. I will be so grateful for the airtime and the platform and your “company.”

This will be my first gig at a venue that ISN’T live-streamed from my office or my parents’ backyard in an entire year.

SEE YOU AT THE COMPLEX SF!

Live Stream Alert! Monday 3/8 7:30pm PST on Facebag I mean Book!

Scott Bird image by Angel Joe Bird

Introducing Scott Bird.

This pandemic has simultaneously trapped me in place AND taken me all over the map.  I’ve lost connection with a number of people with whom I would normally be in more regular contact, I’ve made new connections with people who were once on the periphery, and I’ve strengthened and grown some relationships that didn’t have the space to be grown or strengthened in the Before Times. 

One of those relationships has been with my friend Scott Bird.  Scott is a Poet, painter, musician and activist in San Francisco, California. He is the youngest member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade  of San Francisco and co-editor of their annual international poetry anthology. Originally from Paradox, Colorado (WHAT A NAME!), his works reflect the American West from indigenous sovereignty and wilderness defense to working class struggle and the queer experience.

Scott and I have been putting together a collection of tunes penned by the likes of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash & June Carter and more and more.  We will be live streaming our new set on Monday, 3/8 at 7:30pm PST on Facebook Live.

If you don’t know where to find me on Facebook, all you have to do is CLICK HERE to join on Monday. Keep this post handy until then!

I am so so so very excited to introduce you to my friend Scott Bird and to play some new tunes for you.  You can learn more about Scott on his website.

See you Monday!

<3 EmZis

I Totally Forgot to Post This Here

I released this video on the Youtubes and, silly me, I forgot to place it here for you.

I’m so sorry. I hope you are all well and getting your vaccines. I’m still awaiting my turn because I am not yet eligible. But I’m looking forward to when I can join the noble ranks of responsible fellow citizens.

In the meantime, enjoy my innermost thoughts on the whole ordeal. It’s been a year since we all locked ourselves indoors. Can you believe that?

I’ve got more songs on the way, so stay tuned! In the meantime, have a listen to Am I Crazy .

Love u.

EmZis

Happy Holidays from My Isolation Chamber to Yours.

Hello, dear and distant friends.

To say that I miss performing for live human beings would be an understated estimation of a hyperbolic and rhetorical boring-ass question.

I’m so starved for live banter that I’ve started stringing words together that have no business being in the same room.

Speaking of! That’s what I miss most. Have I mentioned that yet? I miss being in your personal space. I don’t care how creepy that sounds.

Speaking of sounds! I’ve recorded some for you here! In this vid, I’ve repurposed some old Christmas lyrics into something a bit more……2020 forward. The vintage is shit and there is basically NO nose (thanks COVID!), but it’s got heart and sentiment and a bit of clunk, which is a true representation of my current state. So, please enjoy as much as you can.

I so hope to see you in the not too distant future.

Oh, and please get the GD vaccine, so we can get there ASAP.

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuu! <3

Turn The Mirror

The story of Medusa, retold and reclaimed for a new generation. This may not the happiest of endings, but it is the more realistic and warrior worthy ending.

Click the image below and you will see all the magic created by Kevin Shipp, May Yang, and Kenny Schick of Basement 3 Productions.

You can purchase the song on my bandcamp site at https://emilyzisman.bandcamp.com/

Thank you for listening.

Enjoy <3

EmZis

The Myth Will Be Told Anew.

The final Bandcamp Friday is coming up on December 4th. That’s a special day when Bandcamp waves all fees and all of the money spent to purchase music goes directly to the artists. But the reason I’M excited about this date is that I’m releasing a piece I’ve been working on since 2017. So, please come back and see what we’ve done. It’s exactly as I intended it, and that is not always how things work out. Stay tuned! <3

A Bit of Background: Turn The Mirror

I was inspired to write my forthcoming release, Turn The Mirror, after stumbling upon this lecture by scholar and Dame Mary Beard, professor at Cambridge University and Dame Commander of the British Arts (thank you VERY fucking much).

Long story short, at the end of her lecture Professor Beard expresses surprise at the fact that Medusa’s story hadn’t been explored or unpacked as one of the most powerful and prodigious pieces of patriarchal propaganda as deeply or commonly as it probably should have been by now. Especially after she shows how commonly it shows up in political media these days. I mean, she has a point. It’s just a story, and story is art. The arts should be exploring and unpacking the arts!! That’s what art is FOR! To quote Nina Simone “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And the story of Medusa is still deeply ingrained in our times.

I invite you to take professor Beard’s lecture. I know, I KNOW a lecture isn’t what you signed up for, and you don’t have to watch it. But I promise you will gain so much insight into our current, collective psyche.

Her deep unpacking of this classic, almost invisible mythical lore blew my mind and her reserved, hobbit like humor just makes the listening so much more inviting.

I hope it informs how you experience the song and how you see the video.

I truly cannot wait to share it with you.